A modern replica of the John Stevens Steam Wagon (1825). Collection: The Pennsylvania Railroad Museum, Strasburg, Pennsylvania. Stevens built the original Steam Wagon as a proof-of-concept and ran on on a small circle of track in Hoboken, New Jersey. He chartered the first railroad in Pennsylvania in 1823, though it was never constructed. The boiler and safety valve of the original machine are now in the Museum of American History. The replica, like that of John Bull, was built in 1939 by the Pennsylvania Railroad shops for the World's fair. [Click on image to enlarge it.]

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